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Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on May 17, 2018

Rainy days are better when paired with a bottle of wine!
Join us this Friday we will taste French and Italian wines, we will have open 4 wines, a red and a rose from Bordeaux region, a Beaujolais white from Burgundy region and a rose from Abruzzo, Italy!

On Saturday, we will have New York Distilling Company, they will show, Dorothy Parker American Gin!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full tasting information:

Friday:

Château du Chatelard, Beaujolais Blanc Cuvée Secret du Chardonnay (2017)

Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Beaujolais Features: Gluten-free
APPELLATION
Crus du Beaujolais
AREA UNDER VINES
28 hectares
TERROIR
Rocky, chalk-clay soil with vines from 10 to 60 years old. Yield is 60 hl/ha.
GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Chardonnay
VINIFICATION :
Alcoholic Fermentation during 15 days took place at low temperature controlled stainless steel vats to preserve the freshness and the Chardonnay aromas, followed by a semi malolactic. Then the Beaujolais Blanc stays in those vats for the aging with 20% in oak barrels. It is bottled 8-9 months after the harvest.
TASTING NOTES :
This white wine is gold yellow with silver glints and reveals ripe and citrus fruit aromas on the nose. On the palate, the attack is neat and straight, with a lot of finesse. The aromatic complexity shows up again during the retro- olfaction giving a rich long-lasting final taste.
INTERESTING FACTS:
A rare Beaujolais jewel, this appellation is an expression of Chardonnay grapes, coming from clay-limestone soils. This selection should get you to appreciate the typicity of this grape variety grown on terroirs exclusive to the Beaujolais region. A secret to discover and share.

Tenuta i Fauri, Baldovino Montelpuciano d’Abruzzo Ros(2017)

Geography: Abruzzo, Italy Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Tenuta i Fauri is not simply the brand name of a company, it is first and foremost a family, dedicated to wine production for many years, testifying to this is the vaguely ethylic nickname that has accompanied the estate for generations, the mark of an ancient vocation: Baldovino.

A challenge and a way of life: These are the driving forces behind owner and winemaker Domenico Di Camillo. His children have inherited this passion and continue to carry on his legacy.

The winery is located in the heart of the province of Chieti, amid the hills that drop gently down from the Majella Mountains to the sea. The thirty-five hectares of vineyards, cultivated in a suggestive and happy framework, produce sincere and elegant wines that lead back to the areas of origin and maintain, unaltered, the characteristics of the varieties.

BOUQUET Intense fragrance
FLAVOUR Fruity, flowery, aftertaste of bitter almonds
TEMPERATURE Best served at a temperature of 10/12°C
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Various kind of cold meat, pizza, fish soup

Château Tassin, Tassin Bordeaux Rosé (2016)

Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: BordeauxFeatures: Gluten-free, Sustainable
APPELLATION
AOC Bordeaux

AREA UNDER VINES
8 hectares

TERROIR
The soil consists of a blend of clay-limestone slopes and alluvial sediments along the Garonne River at an altitude of 5 meters. Vines are an average of 27 years.

GRAPE VARIETIES
80% Merlot
20% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINIFICATION :
The grapes are pressed in a pneumatic pressure after a short maceration. Fermentation occurs at a low, controlled temperature for 8 to 10 days with selected yeasts. The wine is then aged for about 5 months in steel casks.
TASTING NOTES :
ale pink color with a bright reflect. The nose occurs with hint of freshness and flowers, then a followed by a great concentration of raspberry and cherry. The taste is as fresh as in the nose and conducts to slight touch of macaroons.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS :
Can stand on its own as an apéritif, but pairs well with goat cheese, fish, shellfish, and sushi.

Château Haut Blaignan, Chateau Haut Blaignan (2016)

Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Médoc
TERROIR
Calcareous clay

GRAPE VARIETIES
50% Merlot Noir
50% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINIFICATION:
Machine harvesting. Traditional winemaking methods, with a vatting time of 25-30 days. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels
TASTING NOTES :
Ruby red in hue with purple tints, exuding red fruit, spice and earthy aromas. The palate is supple on attack, then ample and velvety, underpinned by plump tannins. Great wine, the result of a legendary vintage.

Saturday
Join us tonight, we will have a special Local Spirit tasting!

New York Distilling Company will show, Dorothy Parker american Gin!.

The earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700’s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibition however, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent…until now.

The New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the nation’s premiere craft distilleries.

Dorothy Parker

AMERICAN GIN

In an age of restless brilliance, Dorothy Parker was a singular sensation.  A new Yorker at heart, her national celebrity sprang from her sharp, biting humor and widely quoted quips.  Regularly seated at the famed Algonquin Round Table, she occupied the city’s cultural and intellectual center stage.  An iconic enthusiast of gin and an unconventional woman, no one could have been a more interesting drinking companion.  Dorothy Parker American Gin  – a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals including juniper and elderberries, citrus, cinnamon, and hibiscus – is as delicious in a Gin & Tonic as it is in a Gin Daisy.

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Weekend Store Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on May 10, 2018

It’s a nice weekend to taste wines and spirits!

We will open 4 wines on Friday, a white Gruner from Austria, two unusual rosés, from Sicily and Argentina + a Petit Sirah red from California!

This Saturday, we will continue with our local spirit tasting!

We will have Forthave Distillery showing their three exquisite spirits,

An Amaro, an Aperitivo and a Gin!!

 Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below for a full description:

Friday:

Hugl Weine, Weine Grüner Veltliner (2016)

Grape: Grüner Veltliner Geography: Austria
This is a young family-run winery located in the northeast of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners Sylvia and Martin Hugl aim to produce fruity, full-bodied wines that are typical of the region and the soils. They make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their know-how and modern techniques to create high-quality wines. Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery’s vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper; it is full-bodied with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines

Bodegas Funckenhausen, Dry Rosé (2017)

Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: San Rafael

  Argentina is home to many German immigrants including the Funcke family who arrived to Mendoza in the late 1800s. In honor of his maternal ancestors, Kurt Heinlein founded the Funckenhausen Vineyards in the San Rafael appellation of South Mendoza. The region is located at the foothills of the Andes mountains (elevation 2700 feet) near the banks of the Diamante river where they grow distinctive Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda. Funckenhausen is a family owned winery that seeks to honor Kurt and Alejandro’s German ancestry while establishing an Argentine tradition of winemaking for future generations.
Jimena Lopez has been making wine since high school and in 2002 won her first gold medal. Her viticulture education and travels cover new and old world properties and techniques. She leads the wine making team to help focus on Mr. Heinlein’s vision of producing superior wines that represent the region. Lopez is part of a rising group of talented female winemakers of South America.

75% Malbec/20% Cabernet Sauvignon/5% Cabernet Franc. The gently pressed juice contacts the skins only for a few hours for color & aroma and is immediately sent to steel tanks where it undergoes fermentation for about 12 days, never seeing oak. In the glass it is a light salmon color and on the nose there are pleasant aromas of red berries and white flower. The wine is crisp & complex with a lingering finish.

 

Poggio Anima, Terre Siciliane Rosato Raphael (2017)

Grapes: Zibibbo and Syrah Geography: Italy Appellation: Terre Siciliane Features: Sustainable

Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. A joint venture between Montalcino superstar Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports, Poggio Anima takes a simple idea and turns it into something quite special: They source the best vineyards from existing relationships and produce single-varietal wines that beautifully express their unique regions and grapes.

Poggia Anima translates to “Hill of Soul,” and the winemakers embrace the soul of their wines, creating them with no manipulation, water, sugar, or the like. These are pure, authentic expressions of the fruit and the site, offering outstanding Italian wines at affordable prices. This balance of quality and value reflects the founders’ embrace of Yin Yang — balance in all things. Even their whimsical labels, which depict good and evil (demons and angels), represent the coming together of modern ideas with Old World winemaking practices.

Notes

Salmon pink. Spices, flowers and herbs complement red berries on the nose and in the mouth. At once dense and juicy, with the light red fruit flavors and floral notes carrying through on the persistent finish, which features an underbrush nuance. Firm acid holds it all together to make it the perfect glass of rosé.

 

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Petite Sirah Pierce Ranch San Antonio Valley (2013)

Grape: Petite Sirah Geography: California, United States Appellation: San Antonio Valley

The variety known in California as Petite Sirah has its origins in France where it is called Durif. It was named after Dr. Durif who propagated it from a cross of Peloursin and Syrah in 1880. Only in the U.S. is the variety called Petite Sirah – elsewhere in the world it is called by its correct and original name Durif. Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has worked with this variety since 1977.
The grapes for this wine come from the relatively new appellation of San Antonio Valley in southwestern Monterey County. This high valley, west of Highway 101 is well suited to slightly warmer climate grape varieties. The block that these grapes come from is on top of a well-drained, shale covered hill.
We are using a relatively new approach in fermenting our Petite Sirah. The variety is famous for over-extracting tannins, often making wines of great fruit intensity, but commonly having a lot of astringency. Starting in 2005 they went to a method of whole berry fermentation of our Petite Sirah and we are very excited about the results.
When the grapes are processed they are only de-stemmed, not crushed at all. We de-stem them into small, one ton lot, fermentation bins. By not crushing the berries we release fewer of the harsh tannins during fermentation.
This release has a lot of wild berry fruit character along with smoky, peppery spiciness and some tannins at this young age. This is a wine to enjoy with hearty comfort foods like stews, roasts and rich pasta sauces. We suggest giving it some time in a decanter to wake up everything lurking inside, or cellar it for a few more years.

Saturday:

Forthave Spirits

As legend has it, while the plague ravaged Europe in the 15th Century, a botanist named Richard Forthave created a popular herbal tonic as protection.

At Forthave Spirits, we believe in crafting spirits that are natural and delicious. They look towards history for inspiration for every one of their botanical spirits and approach every aspect of their production and supply chain with care.

RED

Aperitivo

A bittersweet aperitivo infused with 13 botanicals including orange, chamomile and rose. Perfect mixed with soda water or grapefruit juice, on the rocks with lime, or in a Negroni.

 

MARSEILLE

Amaro

Based on the secret recipe of four medieval thieves. They were caught stealing from plague victims in Marseille. In exchange for clemency, they revealed their secret concoction. With notes of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and honey, this amaro can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails.

 

BLUE

Gin

An American Dry Gin infused with 18 botanicals including juniper, grapefruit and mint. It is unfiltered so it will create a pearlescent effect when poured over ice or when mixed with tonic.

Friday Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on May 3, 2018

Spring has arrived!!

Come to celebrate, we will have open 4 wines,

An Albarino white grape from Spain

A rose from Portugal

A spiced rose from California

And

A Pinot Noir red from Argentina!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below for full wine information:

Viñabade, Albariño (2016)

Grape: Albariño Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Rías Baixas

Located in the heart of the Salnes Valley, Viñabade was founded by Manuel Vázquez 50 years ago. The second generation of the family, Myriam and Manuel Vázquez, now run the winery. They select the best grapes from their Estate to produce the ultimate expression of each wine’s character and personality.

The name “Viñabade” means “Abbot’s Vineyard” in the Galician language, a reference to the Cluny monks who are believed to have brought Albariño to the area from Burgundy in the 12th or 13th century. The granitic soil and Atlantic climate provide perfect growing conditions for Albariño, producing clean, bright wines with excellent minerality.

TASTING NOTES: A clean, bright wine. Golden yellow color with greenish hues. Floral nose with notes of apple, apricot and peach. Fresh palate with balanced acidity, structure and body.

Las Lilas, Vinho Verde Rosé (2017)

Grapes: 60% Vinhão, 30% Borraçal and 10% Espadeiro.

Geography: Minho, Portugal Appellation: Vinho Verde Features: Sustainable
Jose Oliveira is the winemaker for the excellent vinho verde. Nestled in the valley of the Duoro River, the vineyards sit on the bank of the Duoro river, at 1000 feet altitude. There are 14 Hectares of land, almost half of which are planted with old vines (> 25 years old) in a traditional wine.

TASTING NOTES: Lightly effervescent with cherry flavors, floral notes and a crisp palate. Elegant and fresh. A perfect backyard wine – pair with salads, seafood or enjoy as an aperitif.


Birichino, Vin Gris (2016)

Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre Geography: California, United States Features: Sustainable
Birichino was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation (though they go as far afield as the Sierra Foothills), Krause and Locke craft their wines with a light hand. These are lower-alcohol, food-friendly wines that have the clarity and lift to allow terroir to shine through.

19th Century Contra Costa County mourvèdre first lent larger scale and density to their Vin Gris in 2015, an effect magnified in 2016. They’d originally planned to make a larger quantity of mourvèdre rouge in 2016, however the unpredictability of nature often leaves well formulated plans to wilt like a harvest intern without a trucker’s hat in the sizzling Oakley sun. A mid-August spike of intense daytime and evening heat diminished prospects for the requisite color, tannin and body development for red, but the deeply rooted old vines didn’t defoliate, and the potential for killer rosé was apparent. We crushed the majority of the grapes, and pressed to produce a light, visually delicate, though clearly intense pink juice. Fermented native in stainless, the finished wine is prominently marked by this lot of mourvèdre – spice, heft, structure, pink grapefruit rind, guava, a whiff of gunflint. All the other elements are there – mid-body and red fruits from the alpine grenache from the Sierra foothills and from Besson, the fragrance and prettiness of the Bechthold cinsault, a bit of exotic stone fruit from the vermentino. But the mourvèdre really shows through – more muscular than curvaceous, more attack than restraint, more rock than rolle.

Laureano Gomez, Pinot Noir Terroir (2016)

Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Mendoza

Laureano Gomez was inspired to set up his own small shop in the Uco Valley after over two decades as a winemaker for two of Mendoza’s top wineries – Trapiche and Salentine. While at Trapiche, he was one of the winemakers to develop ‘Iscay,’ the first ‘cult wine’ to be produced in Argentina.

When Laureano decided to produce his own wines, he converted the garage just off of the family home into a winery, naming it ‘Bodega Garage.’ While the winery is now located in a small building, built by his son, Ary, Laureano has remained true to his small production, family run roots. The new winery still sits next to the family home and Laureano’s wife and five children are all involved. Only 1,700 cases of hand-labeled bottles are produced each year.

Laureano believes that “Todo arranca con la uva,” (everything begins with the grape). He uses only top quality Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir, organically grown and hand-harvested in the Uco Valley. The vines are dry farmed and no chemicals are used (pesticides, fertilizers, additives, etc.), and Laureano employs spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. The wines are then very minimally fined or filtered. The results are elegant, balanced wines that always take care to showcase the varietals and the land where they were grown.

Wine & Agave This Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on April 26, 2018

On Friday will be have 4 good value wines from Spain and Italy!
On Saturday will be have Standard distillery from Brooklyn, showing their Agave!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

 

Cesani, Vernaccia di San Gimignano (2016)

Grape: Vernaccia Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation:Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Vicenzo Cesani migrated to Tuscany from his native Marche. The Cesani Winery is located in the Tuscan hills, in San Gimignano just 20 km from Siena, in one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of the Tuscany.
The Cesani family’s story started at the beginning of the 1950s. Today the farm, still run by the family, extends over 19 hectares (approx 40 acres) and is cultivated principally with the red Sangiovese grapes and the famous white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Notes:
A hint of citron, pear, light pineapple and basil, lots of character on the palate. Juicy and just wonderful.

Castellroig, SO de Rosélles (2017)

Grape: Ull de Llebre Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Penedès

Unique to the Cava producing region of Penedes, Castellroig represents one of the few 100% family owned, estate run establishments. Father and son, Marcelino Sabaté and Marcel Sabaté I Coca, apply all of their efforts and passion to maintain family tradition while incorporating technological advancements in the cellar. Four generations of organic grape growing with complete respect for the environment and varietals native to the land.
With complete dedication to producing wines reflective of the soil, the concept of ‘Vins de Terrer’ was born. A location 40km south of Barcelona affords a privileged location with a valley protected by mountains and a moderate climate due to the close proximity to the Mediterranean coast. Marine sediment embedded in the soil promotes vines with a longer, slower ripening cycle and added complexity in the grapes. The Sabaté I Coca estate is distributed across 18 terroirs, 62 parcels, and 40 hectares throughout the Valle del Bitlles. Grapes are carefully selected for each bottling and hand harvested from each of these terroirs.

Tasting
A beautiful strawberry red. Red fruit aromas (strawberry and cramberry). Structured and full bodied. Fruitiness comes through once again in the mouth. Well-balanced and persistent wine.

Cesani, Chianti Colli Senesi (2016)

Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, and Ciliegiolo Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation: ChiantiFeatures: Organic

Colli Senesi is focused on classical grape varieties from the area vinified with a modern winemaking approach. The Ireos ages in the second use barrels of the top cuvée, Luenzo, benefitting from the nobility of wood, opening and softening this Colli Senesi making it the most pleasurable wine of its kind.

Vicenzo Cesani migrated to Tuscany from his native Marche, attracted by the congenial, fun-loving attitude toward work of the Tuscans. “Every activity on the farm became a community festa, from raising a new barn to the harvest of the olives in autumn.” Today, his daughter Letizia has helped Vicenzo to establish a new reputation for San Gimignano red wine, with the success of their renowned ‘Super-Sangiovese’, Luenzo, which has been awarded the “Tre Bicchiere” award several times by the Gambero Rosso in the past years.

Vincenzo Cesani, who moved to Tuscany from the Marches after World War II, is a true cultivator of the soil – the calloused hands are those of a tiller, not a gentleman farmer or an entrepreneur bitten by the wine bug. And his are among the top wines of San Gimignano.

Colour: light ruby red, brillant
Scent:intense fruit with blackberry and violet flavours, spicy, fresh
Food matching: mature cheese, Tuscan salumi and roast meat

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG — the hills above Sienna.

Marqués de Vargas, Rioja Crianza (2014)

Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja

The words Marqués de Vargas conjure up in the world of wine the story of four generations dedicated to the production and sale of outstanding Rioja wines.  This great winery located in one of the most privileged parts of the Rioja Alta region, will from 1 February boast one of the most prestigious oenologists working today:  Xavier Ausás.

Born in Girona but raised in Valladolid, 47-year-old Xavier Ausás has trained at the most prestigious French winemaking institutions, such as the School of Viticulture and Oenology of Blanquefort (Bordeaux) and the National Oenology Institute at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse).

He joined Vega Sicilia on a work experience programme, and by the age of just 29 was the head of the technical department of the prestigious Spanish winemaking group, where he produced its iconic wines for 25 years.

TASTING NOTES: Color: clear, deep black cherry colour, with violet rims and fine legs. Nose: clean on the nose with pronounced intensity and remarkable ripe fruit aromas, perfectly mingled with some spicy notes and subtle sweet undertones of cacao. Palate: vibrant, well-balanced wine with a nice structure and integrated tannins from its ageing in oak barrels. A rich mouthful of ripe red fruit and silky palate. Rich and fresh in style, with a well-balanced acidity and an elegant and good finish.

Saturday:

Standard Wormwood Distillery, Wormwood Agave

The distillery is founded on experimenting with wormwood spirits. Early on in their trials, wormwood was an illusive banned ingredient, best known for its use in traditional absinthe. On their first distillation they fell in love with more than the myth though, the subtle lucid wakeful feel was unlike any other spirit. Unknown to their at the time, spirits with wormwood were nearing the end of a century old ban.

Only making small batches, hand-made still and using a grain-in-column distilling technique makes for a completely crafted method that they use to this day at distillery in north Brooklyn on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, a short walk from where they started experiments in the mid 2000s.

Notes
Using a Whole Agave, hearts and leaves, and smoking it with pineapple and pumpkin seeds we have created something new here. An agave spirit with similarities to tequila and mezcal but distinctly wormwood influenced with a corn thin mash fermentation. There is a balance with the smoothness of a tequila and finish of smoky mezcal, the wormwood rounds out the spirit while creating a complex front, middle and finish. We brought up whole agave from Texas to make this limited release. Spicy fresh cut pepper notes come through on the nose and are balanced with a deeper smooth body and a smokier finish, a distinct variation on agave spirits.

Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on April 19, 2018

Are you around this weekend?

We will have interesting wines open on Friday: a white Bordeaux, a white Viognier grape from Piedmont Italy, a rosé from Provence and a red  Syrah and Monastrell blend from Spain!

On Saturday will be have a visit from Kings County distillery from the Navy Yard here in Brooklyn.
They will show a new seasonal roof top honey whiskey and their traditional Bourbon!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below for full tasting information:

 

Friday:

Château Miaudoux, Bergerac Blanc Sec (2017)

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle Geography: Southwest France, France Appellation: Bergerac
The Bergerac wine-growing region, a subregion of South West France around the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne department, comprises 93 communes. Its boundaries correspond more or less with those of the Arrondissement of Bergerac, immediately east of the Bordeaux wine region.

The “dry Bergerac 2017” is a fresh wine, which reveals with finesse and elegance a very fruity nose of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach and white flowers. The palate is supported by a good acidity that gives all the freshness of this wine. It is a wine to consume without complexes, and without aging, alone or accompanied by simple dishes or entrees of raw vegetables, seafood … etc.

 

Marziano Abbona, Langhe Bianco Cinerino (2015)

Grape: Viognier Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Langhe
The Abbona family discovered Viognier in the Rhone Valley. The desire to reproduce the excellence they found in France returned with them to the hills of Dogliani, and thus began Cinerino. The wine’s name comes from the grey herons that occasionally stop in the lake beside the vineyards.

Tasting notes:
The challenge of planting Viognier on the hills of Dogliani has given excellent results. The Cinerino is more compelling every year with its aromas of honey, white flowers, and citrus fruits of rare appeal. In the mouth it is rich, round, smooth, and has an exceptional freshness. Perfect with appetizers, it also pairs well with fish, oysters, and risotto. Delicious with soft, veined cheeses.


Hecht & Bannier, Côtes de Provence Rosé

Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah Geography: Provence, France Appellation: Côtes de Provence

Formed in 2002, Maison Hecht et Bannier produces wines that are reference points for the Languedoc, Roussillon and Provence, France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region.

Founders Gregory Hecht and François Bannier: “To conserve the typical Mediterranean strength in our wines while preserving balance and crispness, this is our mantra for all the appellations we produce.” This cutting edge firm is one of the south’s most exciting projects in recent memory, and promises to be a formidable player with dramatic impact in the region.

Blend

Their focused our selections on the cooler parts of the upper Provence vineyards where the oak and olive tree forests protect the vines planted in the clay-limestone soils and, in some ways, seem to nourish them. The higher altitudes also allow a full maturity without excessive sugars (and therefore alcoholic degree in the finished wines). Blend is completed with grapes from the limestone foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire, whose wines are almost marked by a vivacious and persistent minerality., Very fresh Cinsault planted a few meters from the Mediterranean Sea in La Londe des Maures are introduced to bring a subtle salty and anise expression.
Vines are harvested at night between 3.00am and 9.00am in order to avoid oxidation and to preserve all of the fresh characteristics of the terroir and varietal. Grenache and Syrah are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle and we find that the reductive character of Syrah balances beautifully with the oxidative natural character of Grenache.

Tasting

For our Cotes de Provence rosé we take a path quite apart from the one we follow for our Languedoc rosé, with its high proportion of Syrah. We have sought a Provence rosé of immense charm and minerality redolent of fennel, anise and purple flowers.
We love just sipping this wine out on our garden in Aix-en-Provence. Grab a glass with some friends and taste with a fougasse, some anchovies and even some Salonenque olives.

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Bodegas Piqueras, Almansa Black Label (2014)

Grapes: Syrah and Monastrell Geography: Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Appellation: Almansa

Their winery is family owned and this is the fourth generation of the Piqueras family to have overseen the property since it was established in 1915. The Piqueras winery is in Almansa, in south-east Spain, some 40 miles from Alicante and the Mediterranean Sea.
Their vineyards are in a winegrowing area of the Almansa D.O. characterized by its low fertility and low rainfall which, together with the semi-arid climate, combine to create the ideal conditions to produce richly aromatic wines of intense colour.

Vineyard: 750-850 metres altitude, 30-35-year-old dry-farmed bush and trellised vines, organic farming methods, nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil, scarce rainfall.

Tasting notes: Ripe red cherries, raspberries, crushed boysenberries, red plums and a touch of vanilla spice on the nose. Medium-bodied and deep in colour with well integrated fine juicy tannins, persistent and soft on the palate with a silky fruit-forward finish.

Food pairing: Enjoy this smooth red by itself or with grilled, roasted or fried dishes, barbecued red meats, rice and pasta dishes, cured salted meats (jamón, chorizo) and semi-cured cheeses.


Saturday: Kings County Distillery from Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 117-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Kings County Distillery, Honey Moonshine

Raw materials: Corn and Barley Geography: New York, United States
Their Honey Moonshine, or Honeymoon Shine, if you prefer, is Kings County moonshine infused for about six months with full honeycomb frames from Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm, and our neighbors here in the Navy Yard. The honey infusion is made entirely with NYC-residing bees, whose honey, wax, and propolis all contribute to the authentic flavor of this whiskey. This whiskey has residue from the honeycomb just like real honey, and is bottled unfiltered at 40% abv. This is our answer to the syrupy honey-flavored whiskeys on the market and aims for a more sophisticated palate, with complex floral notes.

Kings County Distillery, Bourbon Whiskey

Category: Spirit — Whiskey — Bourbon Geography: New York, United States

Our bourbon is 80% corn, 20% barley and is aged for 1.5-2 years in 5-gallon barrels. Smooth, spicy, and complex, this award-winning bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.

Wine & Spirit Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on April 12, 2018

Another double event this weekend!

 On Friday we will have 4 wines open to taste.
We’ll offer a Petit Chablis from France and a Vermentino grape from Sardegna, Italy!
As well as a rosé from Tavel appellation in Cote du Rhone and a nice Cabernet red from Argentina!

On Saturday, we will showcase two upstate New York spirits: a Bitter from Buffalo and a Vodka from Albany!!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below for full tasting information:

Friday

Domaine du Colombier, Petit Chablis (2016)

Grape: Chardonnay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Petit Chablis
The Domaine du Colombier has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations.

In 1957 Mr Guy MOTHE started to specialize in vinifying Chablis.

Today his three sons, Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 55 hectares of vines

The Petit Chablis 2016 from the Domaine du Colombier vineyards, in Burgundy, France is a fine example of affordable Chardonnay. Crisp, mineral, green and flinty the Petit Chablis 2016 is everything you want from this region.

Unoaked, lively and light, with the purity of all good Chablis, partner this fruity and slightly buttery release with seafood – particularly shellfish and crab – or mild, soft cheeses.

Cantina del Vermentino, Vermentino di Gallura Funtanaliras (2016)

Grape: Vermentino Geography:Sardinia, Italy Appellation: Vermentino di Gallura
Cantina del Vermentino
is a wine cooperative in Sardinia founded in 1956. About 350 members cultivate 500 hectares of vineyards in Monti, Telti, Olbia, and Loiro Porto San Paol, all in the immediate hinterland of the beautiful Costa Smeralda. As is natural for the large area of ​​Gallura is Vermentino to have a leading role, here declined in different versions and always characterized by the best relationship between quality and price of all Sardinia.
Founded in 1956 thanks to the commitment of a small group of winemakers, the Cantina del Vermentino Monti has always managed to grow and renew itself while remaining rooted in the traditions of the territory, values ​​that still characterize it today.

Wine Notes:

Of the bitter flowers of the forest and the scent of the almond tree bears, and his name has an ancient sound. Vermentino from this unusual name is really the symbol of Sardinian Vermentino. In fact it is considered by the inhabitants of the island, the best wine to reflect the essence of this grape. The typical smell of flowers and almonds, then that is also found in the pleasant bitter end is the hallmark of this wine that beautifully accompanies the flavor of seafood and fish.

Colour Straw yellow with greenish reflections

Scent Fruity notes of quince and acacia flowers with veins of bitter almond

Taste Fresh, soft and dry, with intense notes of fresh fruit and almond finish

Les Lauzeraies, Tavel (2017)

Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Tavel

The Tavel Appelation: “Rosés from the Southern Rhône offer a marked contrast to their cousins from Provence. Typically deeper in color and fuller in body, Rhône rosés, led by the Tavel appellation, offer the stuffing to match with grilled summer fare while still keeping a refreshing personality.

Wine notes: “Eye : bright rosé wine – ruby red colour with topaz tints. Aromas : mineral – red fruits (raspberry and cherry). Mouth : powerful – flinty – long spicy finish.”

Finca Decero Winery, Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Within five years, Finca Decero has become recognized not only for having one of the highest quality vineyards in all of Mendoza, but also for catapulting into an elite group of the most highly regarded producers in Argentina. The wines all come from the single Finca Decero vineyard, and the winery’s focus is entirely quality focused – the varietal Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignons they produce can easily be compared to wines selling for twice the price.

Decero, meaning ‘from scratch’, was born of a bare patch of land and a family’s love affair with wine. Winemaking in Thomas Schmidheiny’s family goes back to his grandparents in Switzerland and, just as Napa had inspired his mother Adda in the 1970s, so too did the Agrelo sub-appellation in Mendoza capture the heart and mind of Thomas when traveling over the Andes into Argentina 20 years later. In Agrelo, perhaps now considered the source of Argentina’s finest red wines, Thomas instinctively knew that he had found the place to continue the family legacy and to handcraft wines whose allure would lie in being true to their origin. Once a desolate piece of land in the foothills of the Andes, absent of everything but shrubs, Finca Decero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

Wine notes
The 2014 vintage was one of the coolest in their history. After the temperatures in December and January being above average, the temperatures dropped dramatically in February which, combined with summer rain, delayed grape maturation by nearly one week, as autumn progressed the temperatures remained below average and very cool. These climatic conditions resulted in an elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon with good acidity.

2014 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis, cedar and graphite bound together by structural tannins enhanced by 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant, well structured classic style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Saturday

Albany Distilling Company, ALB Vodka (NV)

Producer: Albany Distilling Company Category: Spirit — Vodka Geography: New York, United States
The Albany Distilling Company is a modest operation, producing craft spirits one small batch at a time. It is located in downtown Albany, not far from the site of the city’s original 18th century distillery. Owners John Curtin and Matthew Jager are proud to be a part of New York State’s rich heritage of spirit production.

Made from American corn and distilled six times before being meticulously blended and run through charcoal filters, ALB Vodka is clean and crisp with a touch of sweetness. Neutral enough to be shaken into a cocktail and smooth enough to drink on the rocks.

Lockhouse Distillery, Ibisco Bitter Liqueur

Producer: Lockhouse Distillery Category: Spirit — Liqueur — Bitter Geography: New York, United States

Lockhouse Distillery is the first distillery to open in Buffalo, New York since Prohibition. Marking a return to the aesthetics and values that made Buffalo great, Lockhouse is dedicated to crafting fine artisinal spirits with a focus on high quality production and local ingredients.

Lockhouse Ibisco Bitter Liqueur – Campari-red in color with a distinct orange peel overtone to go along with an ample sugar character. On the palate, the sweetness hits first, a simple honey/syrup character, before the bitterness grips your palate like a vise. Bitter orange peel, traditional bitter roots, and some sour cherry notes. As the finish emerges, notes of rhubarb and grapefruit start to emerge, ending things on a lingering note that’s more bitter than sweet.

Aroma – Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Chamomile
Taste – Candied Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Gentle Bitterness

Ibisco bitter is very cocktail friendly.

Austrian and French Wine Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on April 5, 2018


This Friday
 will be have open 4 delicious wines from Austria and France!

Also on Saturday will be showing a great typical cider from the Basque country in Spain!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Vignobles Brunier, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc (2014)

Grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Vaucluse

Vignobles Brunier embodies the ensemble of the holdings by the Brunier family, notably Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Domaine La Roquète, Domaine Les Pallières (along with Kermit), and Le Pigeoulet des Brunier. Vignobles Brunier came to be by brothers Frédéric and Daniel Brunier, the fourth generation of their family to farm the land of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The brothers have worked hard to solidify the legacy left by their father, Henri, and their grandfather, Hippolyte. They have brought their intricate knowledge of the various terroirs of the Southern Rhône to new heights through the expansion of the holdings. Their properties represent a vast variation of soil types, climatic conditions, and grape varietals.

The wines of Le Pigeoulet des Brunier complement their portfolio, offering more affordable, everyday cuvées under the designation Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. These wines are fresh, rich in fruit, pleasantly representative of their terroir, and are easy to appreciate young. The value of these wines is truly amazing when one considers the age of the vines (an average of 35 years), the soils (rich in clay, which aids the vines in water retention), and geography. The name “Le Pigeoulet” is derived from the foothills of the noble La Crau plateau. The assemblage combines fruit from the warm flats around Châteauneuf-du-Pape with fruit from the cooler foothills of Mont Ventoux. The department of the Vaucluse is the common denominator which accounts for the designation of Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. This, combined with the savoir faire of the Brunier brothers, assures great quality at a minimal price.

The Pigeoulet Blanc is a blend of roughly equal parts Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette grown on soils rich in clay and limestone.  Beautifully crafted with nice mid-palate weight, gorgeous notes of tree orchard and stone fruit and succulent minerality.

Loimer, Rosé (Austria)

Grape: Zweigelt Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria Appellation: Kamptal
Fred Loimer’s wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria. He began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture. His estate near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal region includes several prestigious single-vineyards and his winery is a model of modern efficiency.

Wines intended for immediate enjoyment are vinified in stainless-steel tanks while single-vineyard wines are aged in traditional large barrels and spend an extended time aging on their lees. His philosophy is one of non-intervention and patience. “If we have one helping hand in the cellar,” says Fred, “it’s time.”

Loimer Rosé comes from biodynamically-farmed vineyards near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal region. Whole clusters of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir are macerated on their skins for up to 48 hours, then fermented dry with indigenous yeasts and aged in stainless-steel tanks for four months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Zweigelt gives this rosé a soft and fruity character with aromas and flavors of red cherries, plums, and Red Delicious apples. Pinot Noir contributes to the wine’s aromatics, lending floral and herbal aromas in addition to refreshing acidity.

Food Pairing

The refreshing character of Loimer Rosé with its bright acidity and a moderate level of alcohol make it the ideal partner to picnic fare, grilled foods, and Asian dishes. Serve this wine with a watermelon and feta salad, BLTs, seared tuna, or grilled sausages.

Weingut Heinrich, Neusiedlersee Red (2015)

Grapes: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and St. Laurent Geography: Burgenland, Austria Appellation: Neusiedlersee
Winery Overview Gernot and Heike Heinrich founded their winery in 1990 with 2 ½ acres of vineyard purchased from Gernot’s family. His early work in the family winery, like most of that generation, was purely an agricultural pursuit with goals more related to quantity production. Gernot’s parents had wished their son would choose a different path, because unlike him, they could not see the potential for great wines to be produced from this area. Just over a decade later, the Heinrich’s were recognized with the prestigious Falstaff “Winemaker of the Year” award. The philosophy at the winery is as transparent and pure as their wines. Their initial challenges were no comparison to the joy and some measure of freedom it gave Gernot & Heike to make a fresh start for the area. That joy and bravery still drives them both today, as they look across Lake Neusiedl to Leithaberg for their next challenge. LOCATION OF VINEYARD The province of Burgenland lies on Austria’s central, eastern border. The climate is regulated by the last fingers of the Alps, which extend to the top of Lake Neusiedl, the other major influence in the area. It is in the two wine growing regions of Neusiedlersee-Hugelland located on both sides of the lake that most of the province’s wine is grown. Three main vineyard areas comprise the Heinrich vineyard land: the Heideboden (gravel soils that stretch from Gols toward the shores of Lake Neusiedl); the cru sites of Parndorfer Platte (the last vestige of the Wagram ridge that extends from the Danube valley through Vienna ending near the Hungarian border); and the vineyards of the Leitha range (new to Heinrich, on the northwestern edge of the lake).

RED is an approachable, pleasure-giving wine produced from 50% Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch, and 10% St. Laurent, aged for 12 months in used 500 L Austrian oak casks. RED comes from three areas: Leitha range, where the vines are planted on limestone; Parndorfer from gravelly soil; and Heideboden from sandy-loam soils. This highly approachable RED is purely harmonious. The composition of its blend reflects the most important grape varieties in the vineyards: Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent.  Purple colour,  cherry nose and hints of floral and spice characters, this RED offers lots a black and red cherry notes on the palate, a refreshing acidity and well managed, round tannins.

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Pic Saint-Loup Tour de Pierres Rouge (2015)

Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Pic Saint-Loup

Pic Saint-Loup gets its name from a crusader turned hermit, Saint Thieri Loup, and a limestone peak (‘Pic’) that overlooks the vineyards. In 1992, when the Ravaille brothers (Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc) got together to make traditional wine, they decided to pay homage to the medieval hermitage used by the bishops of Maguelone, and where Saint Loup quietly lived out his life. The Ravailles have been in Languedoc for 1000 years, so they’re well acquainted with local history as well as terroir. Just 6 miles from the Mediterranean, Pic-Saint-Loup is a low-production area that has the advantage of being situated in a forested microclimate with dry, sunny days and cool nights giving the wines incredible depth and complexity.

Notes: “The 2015 Pic Saint Loup Tour de Pierres is a solid red that’s made from 40% each of Grenache and Syrah, with 10% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre. It was 80% destemmed and spent 12 months in foudre and barrels. It offers old-school notes of peppery herbs, saddle leather and both red and black fruits, as well as medium-bodied richness, a fresh, focused texture, and a touch of chewy tannin.